The Party of the Rich Wages War Against the Poor

I cannot understand how some people fail to grasp the fact that a class war is raging in America, and that the Republican Party is the flag bearer for the rich in a relentless crusade to squash the poor.

I am not just talking about that idiotic congressman’s “apology” to BP. He conceded later that it was a slip of the lip. He didn’t mean to show his true feelings. By now, everyone with five functioning senses should realize that the oil industry owns the Republicans. We don’t need his confession to enlighten us.

I am talking about the Senate’s refusal to extend unemployment benefits.

Here’s how the New York Times described the crisis in a recent editorial:

Since June 1, when federal unemployment benefits began to expire, an estimated 325,000 jobless workers have been cut off. That number will swell to 1.25 million by the end of the month unless Congress extends the benefits. The Senate, so far, has failed to act.

Think about it. You are out of work, can’t find a job and your unemployment (and health) benefits are running out. How do you plan to pay your mortgage or rent? Buy groceries for your family? Take your kid to the doctor? How are you going to buy gas to go out and look for work?

The House of Representatives approved the extension weeks ago, but a bunch of senators have blocked the legislation. It’s not that they want to stick it to the jobless masses, they insist; they’re against the extension because Congress would help pay for it by closing a tax loophole enjoyed by Wall Street fund managers.

The loophole – inexplicably — allows fund managers at private equity firms and other investment partnerships to pay a top tax rate of just 15 percent on much of their earnings — compared with a top rate of 35 percent for all other higher-income Americans.

The opposing senators are mainly Republicans, of course, but they include some of those Trojan Horse “Democrats” who have infiltrated the party in order to sabotage President Obama’s agenda.

As the mid-term elections draw near, I pray Americans will see that the choice is not about abortion or gun ownership, “small government,”  global warming or an impending world government with black helicopters, underground internment camps and guillotines.

These are red herrings invented by the conservative propaganda machine to mislead voters and obscure the real issue. The real question faced by Americans in the November elections is this:

Will they yield more power to the mighty? Or will they take a stand for the downtrodden?

Not only the unemployed but also the oil-soaked wildlife and ravaged wetlands plead silently for your vote.

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com

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